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Owens Community College Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Child Care Center

Tatyan Finnegan (left) of Rossford and Elisia Humes of Walbridge take time on a hot summer afternoon to try out one of the new pieces of playground equipment at the College's Child Care Center.

Continuing to provide the highest quality in child care services and education, Owens Community College has appropriated more than $54,000 in capital funding to purchase playground equipment and make renovations to the Child Care Center on the Toledo-area Campus.

The Child Care Center recently celebrated the unveiling of the new outside facility during a dedication ceremony, which included children trying out the new playground equipment.

"We are committed to providing high quality child care for the families of our students and the Toledo-area communities," said Barbara Stewart, Owens Interim Manager of the Child Care Center. "The new playground equipment purchased for the Child Care Center will only enhance our mission of believing the early years are learning years, and promoting this through our nurturing environment."

The new playground, which can be used by various age groups, includes swings, rockers, spicas, multispring see saws, playshell climber, mermaid fountain and a multidimensional climber with slides and a multilevel climber.

Recently, the Owens Child Care Center was nationally-recognized earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The prestigious accreditation has been achieved by only 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide, according to the NAEYC.

The Owens Child Care Center on the Toledo-area Campus serves about 100 children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old. Children of Owens students and employees, as well as the community are welcome.

"Children who attend the Child Care Center enjoy lots of hands-on experiences," Stewart said. Also adding, "They are learners and our play-based curriculum offers them more opportunities to learn."

The curriculum features a number of developmentally-appropriate learning centers, including creative art, storybooks, music and movement, blocks and construction, cooking, outdoor discovery, woodworking, computers and pre-writing.

The low ratio of students to staff also means that children get more attention, better preparing them for kindergarten and elementary school, she said.

The Owens Child Care Center also serves as a lab school for the College. Owens students in Early Childhood Education Technology gain valuable experience working in the Child Care Center. Many child care center teachers and directors throughout the community began their instruction at the Owens Child Care Center.

The Child Care Center recently celebrated the unveiling of the new outside facility during a dedication ceremony, which included children trying out the new playground equipment.

Stewart said the new playground equipment is a benefit for the children, Owens students and the community in general.

"If parents are wondering what makes a good child care center, they are welcome to come in and look around to see what the Owens Child Care Center is all about," she said.

There also is a Child Care Center on the Owens Findlay-area Campus which serves nearly 30 children ages 3 to 5 years old. This past year, the Ohio Board of Regents awarded a $250,600 Capital Grant to the College for the construction of a new Child Care Center to be located on the new Owens Findlay-area Campus.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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